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Mohavea confertiflora
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Tribe: Antirrhineae
Genus: Mohavea

Mohavea breviflora
Mohavea confertiflora

Mohavea was a plant genus consisting of two species native to the deserts of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. This genus is often included in the closely related snapdragon genus Antirrhinum.[1]


Formerly included in Scrophulariaceae, the genus is now included in the Plantaginaceae. The two species are both notable annuals flowering in the spring; the ghostflower M. confertiflora features large pale flowers with a pattern of purple spots, while the lesser mohavea M. breviflora has small yellow flowers.


The genus name is derived from the Mojave River, where specimens were first collected by John C. Fremont.[2]


  1. ^ Oyama, R. K.; Baum, D. A. (2004). "Phylogenetic relationships of North American Antirrhinum (Veronicaceae)". American Journal of Botany. 91 (6): 918–925. doi:10.3732/ajb.91.6.918. PMID 21653448. 
  2. ^ Jepson Manual Treatment

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